Countless writers and artists have spoken for a generation, but no one has done it quite like Chuck Klosterman, with an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture and a seemingly effortless ability to spin brilliant prose out of unlikely subject matter. Whether deconstructing Saved by the Bell episodes or the artistic legacy of Billy Joel, the symbolic importance of The Empire Strikes Back or the Celtics/Lakers rivalry of the 1980s, Chuck will make you think, he'll make you laugh, and he'll drive you insane, usually all at once.
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is ostensibly about movies, sports, television, music, books, video games, and kittens but, really, it's about us. All of us. As Klosterman realizes late at night, in the moment before he falls asleep, "In and of itself, nothing really matters. What matters is that nothing is ever 'in and of itself.'"
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"[Klosterman] is a skilled prose stylist with a witty, twisted brain, a photo-perfect memory for entertainment trivia, and has real chops as a memoirist." (Publishers Weekly)
"Intelligent analysis and thought-provoking insight....there is much here to entertain and illuminate." (Amazon.com)
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I prefer books read by the author, and this did not disappoint.
I found myself relating my own life experiences and emotions to the stories Klosterman told. I laughed out loud more than once.
I didn’t enjoy the tone of the book. Its seems like he’s shaming certain parts of pop culture and sometimes makes a broad statement that’s only true of his generation and acts as if it’s a universal truth. The tones in which he does it seems more whiny than clever and funny and sometimes insulting to the reader. It is a book of essays that is personal opinion and not fact but it seemed to have a know it all feel to it which made it hard for me to relate and get through.
I've never heard of the author, the book was just a suggestion from a friend. I couldn't bear another minute of his self important blathering. ABOUT ABSOLUTELY NOTHING
The essays do a good job at rhetoric without intentionally trying to seem persuasive. It's is a philosophical reflection of societies strange habits, but it's written comically (or at least read to me). I like the authors POV in regarding life's events as we know it. He jumps into the agora of strange roommates, virtual mating, his hatred towards soccer, obsession with serial killers and cereal. It is definitely a book every college student should get their hands on. However, there does not seem to be a classical story - which makes it unique. They seem like a collection of memoirs that critique human existence... Good book - terrible cover.
Kloster seems to think that we are really interested in his opinion and/or his life. This is a self-indulgent quasi-biography of a wanna-be Woody Allen...
Not to mention the tone of his voice. After 30 minutes, I was so irritated by his voice, that I had to stop listening.
There are a FEW interesting parts but most of the book is very disjointed. Too many uninteresting personal rants and raves. There are much better choices.
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